The American Public Gardens Association champions and advances nearly 600 public gardens in North America and internationally. Together, we lead, advocate and innovate in the conservation and appreciation of plants.
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Learn about our individual and institutional membership options.


What is a public Garden?

Adkins Arboretum

A public garden is an institution that maintains plants for the purposes of public education and enjoyment, in addition to research, conservation, and higher learning. It must be open to the public and the garden’s resources and accommodations must be made to all visitors.

American Public Gardens is the place to connect with local gardens, search and find gardens in America, and tap into the valuable resource of Public Garden Magazine.

Find a Garden

Find a Garden

Visit our interactive Garden Map.

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Plant Collections Showcase

Plant Collections Showcase

See the collections in the Plant Collections Network.

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Public Garden Magazine

Public Garden Magazine

Read current, engaging content devoted to the world of public gardens.

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Public gardens enhance our communities and lives. Search jobs or learn more about the Plant Heroes program.

VanDusen Botanical Garden


Upcoming Association Events and related Professional Development Events curated by Association staff.

  • The Cactus Hunters: Desire and Extinction in the Illicit Succulent Trade

    Wednesday May 15, 2024

    Presented by the Plant Conservation Community Drawing on several years of ethnographic and participatory research among collectors, conservationists, law enforcement [...]

  • AI & Fundraising: Revolutionizing Your Fundraising Efforts

    Monday May 6, 2024

    In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, organizations are constantly seeking innovative ways to maximize their fundraising efforts. Artificial Intelligence (AI) [...]

  • Rollin’ with Discovery Carts: The Ins and Outs of Pop Up Engagement

    Tuesday May 21, 2024

    Presented by the Education Community As plant educators we are always looking for ways to engage first hand with visitors [...]

  • Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy Community Town Hall

    Tuesday April 23, 2024

    Join the Plant Nomenclature and Taxonomy Community for our upcoming Town Hall! We will welcome two phenomenal guest speakers for [...]



Queens Botanical Garden

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility

The American Public Gardens Association is committed to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated. The Association also seeks to encourage and support its members in creating this same culture within their own institutions. Just as the gardens and landscapes we present are biologically diverse and engaging, we seek to consistently re-examine our professional values, modify our existing practices and remove barriers to being diverse and inclusive.

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